Playing at home turf, Lyon says `got to pinch myself`
Adelaide: The last time Australia played a Test here, Nathan Lyon was a mere greenkeeper assigned to trim the outfield but come January 24, the off-spinner would be striding out of the dressing room wearing a baggy green at his home ground for the fourth and final Test against India.
Lyon was assisting curator Damian Hough in maintaining the ground for the Ashes Test between Australia and England last summer but has since come a long way as a player.
"It (last summer`s Adelaide Test) was my first ever Test match and rocking up at 5.30 every morning to cut the ground was something pretty special," Lyon was quoted as saying.
"It`s a great place to play cricket but I`m not worrying about the greenkeeping side of things now, I`m totally focused on the Test match coming up.”
"I`ve got to pinch myself, but in saying that, I`ve played nine Test matches now and I`m confident in my own skill-set. I will be preparing to play as everyone else will be in the squad," he added.
Hough also remembers Lyon`s stint last summer.
"We have other grounds we look after but he wanted to be here from the start to the end. He wanted to experience an Adelaide Oval Test," said Hough.
"He came here from Canberra with a pretty good reputation as a cricketer but also as a turfy. I thought, `Oh well, I`ll give him a go.` I knew he was a cricketer but I didn`t realise he`d be playing for Australia."